Yesterday, I sent off the first draft of my new book to a few people who had offered to take a look, give me some notes and catch any edits that need to be made. I got it out the door just a few days after my 26th birthday.
It’s a good feeling to get to that point (on both counts), but man is it exhausting.
I’ve written 4 ebooks before this one, but each of those were essentially instructional-with-stories, whereas this one is all stories with a few things I’ve learned along the way.
It’s a lot easier, I’m finding, to tell people about things you know than it is to relate stories you seldom tell and explain what they mean to you.
One of the fun benefits of running a blog like this (and having had it for 2 years TODAY) is being able to look back and see where I was this time last year, and figure out what’s changed, what hasn’t, what I wanted to accomplish and what I didn’t get around to.
I have my own analysis of myself and my life for a full two years of my life, and that’s pretty frickin’ wild.
I love living in the future.
This time two years ago, when I was 24, I wrote up my very first blog post, and if you take a look at what I was writing about (and how I wrote it), it’s decidedly different from how I communicate today, and I like to think I took a few steps down a better path since then.
If you look back at what I was writing about one year ago, when I had just turned 25, you’ll see I was discussing the then-new ebook, Networking Awesomely, which ended up being my proof-of-concept that I could make a living through online publishing if I wanted to, and that there was an audience for the kind of stuff I was interested in talking about.
Since then, I’ve met so many amazing people and done so many amazing things that it makes my mind convulse just thinking about it all, not to mention trying to figure out how it all happened in just 365 days.
It’s as if an entire lifetime has passed since I turned 25, and now I’m a completely different person, living a completely different life.
Which, of course, isn’t at all accurate.
Things have changed in my life, I’ve changed, my priorities have deviated slightly, and my goals and philosophies are still evolving and continuing along as planned. But I’m still living the life I want to be living, and can happily say that – if I were to die at this very moment – that I would die happy, and doing exactly what I want to be doing.
That’s a great feeling, and I feel very fortunate to be in a position to say it, and to have been able to say it for two whole years (and counting).
So there’s no adventure story or philosophical-musing today, just a great big thank you to everyone who has helped me get where I am by teaching me and encouraging me along the way.
Even though I feel suddenly old at 26 in a way I never felt at 25, I’m absolutely certain that just like these past two years, this will be the best year of my life to date.